Nigerian Fried rice

Hey lovelies, Happy New Year. I am so grateful to God to see this year and I am so excited to see what this year has for me. First of all I apologize for this late post, it was meant to be up on Christmas day but I woke up sick on Christmas morning (ikr it was not nice lol) so without wasting your timeeeeeee, what do we have in Sonari’s kitchen today…..? Nigerian Fried rice, yesss!!!!!

Ingredients 

  • 450g basmati rice (the basmati rice I used is called Setara, I highly recommend it)
  • Mixed vegetables (I got mine from Lidl)
  • King prawns (I also got this from Lidl)
  • Maggi cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • thyme
  • a tablespoon of curry
  • Dunn’s river Mixed spice (you can get this from any afro carribean stores in U.K)
  • Onions
  • Mixed pepper
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Blended scotch bonnet
  • Vegetable oil
  • Turkey and turkey gizzard

Step one

  • Wash your turkey and turkey gizzard
  • Add your ingredients (1 blended scotch bonnet, maggi cubes and salt to taste, a tablespoon of curry, all purpose seasoning, thyme, ginger and garlic paste, mixed spic, Knorr aromat and chopped onions) and cook for an hour.

  • When you are sure your turkey and gizzard is soft enough, dish it out leaving the water gotten from the turkey in the pot because you will need it to cook the rice.
  • Wash your rice and pour it into the stock (the water gotten from the cooked turkey). I always like my stock to be the same level with my rice to avoid overcooking the rice.

  • Allow the rice to cook until the water dries up, if your rice is not soft enough after the water dries up, you can add more water and ingredients (maggi and all purpose seasoning).
  • In a frying pan, pour about 2 tablespoon of vegetbale oil, add maggi, thyme, salt and all purpose seasoning then pour your mixed vegetables, king prawn and chopped red pepper into the pan and cook for about 10 minutes.

  • When your mixed vegetable has cooked for about 8-10 minutes and your rice is cooked as well, then pour your mixed vegetable into your cooked rice and mix carefully.

 

Step two

  • In another pot, pour 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil, add the same ingedients I listed above, then pour your blended tomatoes and mixed chopped pepper and stir properly.
  • Then gradually add your turkey and gizzard and cook for 5 minutes.

There you go, your fried rice and peppered turkey is ready to serve!!!!!!!!!

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How to prepare Nigerian yam porridge

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Hi guys, todays episode on What is in Sonari’s kitchen we have yam porridge!!!!!.

I am such a huge fan of yam, if I am not having fried yam, then I am having boiled yam with fish peppersoup or better still I am yam porridge. For those of you that are not from Nigeria, yam porridge is definitely something to try. It is a good source of carbohydrates and when cooked with Spinach or Ugu (nigerian name for Pumpkin leaf also know as vegetable in Nigeria) it is even richer in nutrients. Without wasting much of your time, lets go into it.

Ingredients

So first you obviously need a tuber of yam,

1 scotch bonnet

Maggi cubes

A table spoon of salt

Palm oil

onions

Spinach or Ugu (if in Nigeria)

and crayfish (optional)

Below is the picture of the ingredients I used in cooking

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Next step

  • You have to cut your yam into small/medium sizes depends on how you want it.
  • Wash your yam after cutting
  • Put your yam into a cooking put, pour enough water to cover the yam then add salt to taste and onions.
  • Allow to boil for at least 50mins – 1hr, however, do not allow the water to dry completely.
  • When you are sure your yam is soft enough, then add your maggi cubes, blended or chopped scotch bonnet, crayfish and palm oil.
  • Stir thoroughly but carefully becuase you do not want a mashed yam porridge then allow to cook for 30mins.
  • When you are done cooking, you then add your spinach or Ugu. My mum always tells me to make sure my vegetable goes into my put last because if it cooks for too long, it loses it nutrient so you should always put in when you are done cooking.

This is a very quick and easy step if it is your first time cooking yam porridge, however, you can go heavy, just like my mum lol. She sometimes like to add tomato paste, dry fish and meat. Yam porridge goes well with fish but when I had mine, I had it with goat meat which can be a good alternative if you do not like fish.

Your yam porridge should look like this when done cooking. I hope this post was helpful. img_2444

leave your comments to let me know what you think. thank you xxxxxxxx

How I learn bible verses

In my walk with God, I have learned that knowing scriptures are really essential. Listen, the devil can come up anytime and feed you with lies you know, lies like “you will never be healed” but if you don’t know what Jeremiah 30:17 says, it’s so easy to believe the devil. That is why I decided to share this tip to help us learn, meditate and know bible verses.

First, in learning scriptures, I always pray for understanding and revelation from God concerning that particular verse or chapter because it’s so easy to know a verse but not understand what the verse really means. I also pray for the Spirit of remembrance so that in case I am going through tough times or anything, I can quickly remember what the scripture says about that situation. So my first tip on how I learn bible verses is “to pray”.

My second tip is using a verse as my wallpaper on my phone. Yes, it’s really helpful. So what I do is, at the beginning of my week I choose a verse and make it my wallpaper for at least 2 weeks. I use an app called “Font Candy” to edit the bible verse I wanna learn for that week, so my lock screen looks like this 👇.

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It’s so helpful because sometimes when I don’t wanna use my  my phone or reply messages (lool)  or even if I disconnect my wifi to concentrate on work or something, I just look at phone, meditate on the scripture and get back to what I was doing.

Nevertheless, if using “Fontcandy” is too long for you, what you can do is screenshot the verse you wanna learn from your bible app (at least some of us should have the bible on our phone) and you can just use that as your wallpaper/lockscreen.

Any who, I hope this was helpful. I wanna leave you guys with this verse, Ecclesiastes 12:1 [NLT] and it says;

“don’t let the excitement of your youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honour him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore”.  

Have a lovely weekend guys, remember Jesus loves you x

GRILLED TILAPIA & FRIED PLANTAIN

Hey guysssss, today’s episode on what’s in Sonari’s kitchen, we have Grilled Tilapia & fried plantain!!!!!!!! I am not really a fan of fried plantain to be honest but it sure goes well with grilled fish and stew. Without wasting much of your time, lets get started.

What you need to buy

  • Fish, obviously lol
  • Fried plantain as well (I normally fry 2 fingers)
  • Salt
  • Scotch bonnet
  • Maggi
  • Curry
  • All purpose seasoning (this can be gotten from Asda or any local store)

Step 1

  • Wash your fish
  • Mix your ingredients together (salt, blended scotch bonnet, curry, maggi and all purpose seasoning)
  • After mixing your ingredients together, gently rub it on the fish, making sure the ingredients touches every part of the fish. Also don’t forget to wear your kitchen gloves as you do not want the scotch bonnet to hurt you.
  • Put this in the oven, selecting the grill option.
  • Leave it for about 1 hour or more depending on how long it takes it.

Step 2

  • Wash your plantain and cut them into any shape you like.
  • Sprinkle a bit of salt on it.
  • Heat your frying pan or deep fry, whatever you are using.
  • Pour your vegetable oil into the pan and allow it to heat for like 2 minutes then your pour your plantain into the pan carefully and leave it to fry till it is golden brown in colour.

When you are sure your fish is well grilled then you can have it with your fried plantain, they both go well with a sauce on the side and salad. For the little sauce at the corner, that is basically tomato stew. I will have a post on how to make tomato stew very soon.

But that is basically it guys, so quick and simple. It normally takes about 1 hour and 30 mins to prepare.

Hope you found this easy to follow, if you did, please comment, share and let me know. Thanks guys x

Prayer based on Luke 11

If you want to learn more about prayer, Luke 11 is definitely a must read for you. Personally, it is one my favorite chapter in the bible becauce Jesus used a parable to make us understand persistance in prayer.

Jesus was praying in a certain place when one of his disciples said to him “Lord, teach us how to pray, as John taught his disciples”, and then he told them a parable. He said, supposing you had a friend and you went knocking on your friend’s door at midnight asking him for a loaf of bread and this friend yells from inside saying “do not bother me, the door has already been shut and I and my children are in bed”. Jesus said, even though this friend (who is at home) would not get up to give his other friend (who is knocking) bread because of friendship, he would get up and give him the loaf of bread because he was persistent.

Lets put this in a prayer context.

Although the bible talks about “faith” as an essential virtue to have when praying, being persistent also contributes in building your faith as a Christian. It is one thing to pray about an issue and decide not to pray about it again and it is also another thing to pray relentlessly about an issue and also exercise faith whilst waiting for God to intervene. That is why Luke 11:9 [NLT] says

“And so I tell you, keep on asking and you will recieve what you ask for. Keep on seeking and you will find, keep on knocking and the door will be opened unto you”. 

Notice the word keep on”That means persistent!!!! It means asking relentlessly, asking continously and tirelessly. Just as the parable said, one day your prayers will be answered because you were persistent and not tired of praying.